Patient Advocates Here to Help You and Your Family Navigate the HealthCare System

University of Arizona College of Nursing


RN Patient Advocates, PLC, opened the door to independent, nurse-based patient advocacy in 2002. We are a national community of specially prepared, qualified and experience clinical RNs. Our Mission is to Empower People in Their Healthcare through Advocacy, Education, and Guidance Through the Healthcare System.

Have you or any of your family or friends ever experienced problems in the healthcare system? 12 million patients are misdiagnosed each year (Institute of Medicine, 2015) indicating that it might be true for many of us. RN Patient Advocates help you be safe in the system and also, how to do this for yourself!


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RNPA Intensive - Learning Experience

“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA

“The way of the future of absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA

“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor,

Importance of Observation

Question: Is there more than one cause for low thyroid function? Yes. Is it critical to understand which cause affects your own low thyroid function? Absolutely.


thyroidThe most common cause of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, is an autoimmune illness(immune system attacking the body itself).  Affecting 2-7% of the population, only about 10% are accurately diagnosed.  

The problem:  if the cause of your low thyroid condition is Hashimoto’s, then the medication treatment you may be receiving may not work well or actually make it worse.

Mary Ackerley, MD, explains: “Typically Hashimotos patients have been identified by standard testing as being deficient in thyroid. This is not because the thyroid is not producing enough hormones. It is because the thyroid tissue is actively being attacked and destroyed by its own immune system. However they are being treated as if the problem was simply that they need more thyroid hormone. Typically they are put on thyroid replacement and sent away. Yet they experience no symptom relief and continue to remain tired, sluggish, cold, constipated, depressed and have difficulty losing weight.”

Could this be affecting you or someone you love?  Read more here. . . 

Know about juicing? Having trouble eating all those servings of fruits and vegetables the nutritionists tell us we need? Looking for a healthy jump start on losing weight?


Juicing is emerging as a wonderful approach to easily improving your health in a number of ways.  Martha Grout, MD, suggests that we consider these benefits:

Detoxify:  You can detoxify through fasting without actually giving up everything except water. You can get more vitamins that you could possibly eat if you ate the whole fruits and vegetablesjuicer

Decrease insulin resistance (precursor of diabetes) without actually having to take a pill

Lose Weight!

Can you imagine actually eating the following every day? 2 apples, 2 pears, 2 cucumbers, half a bunch of celery, a big bunch of kale, a bunch of spinach, 3 carrots, 1 turnip, 1 parsnip, 1 beet, 1 lemon, 2 little limes, half a head of cabbage.

Learn more here. . . 

Such a variety of doctors now – MDs, DOs, NDs, Homeopaths, Chiropractors and more…what is the difference?


How do you pick what is best for you? Interesting question. The world of medicine has expanded greatly in the past 25 years. The Human Genome Project of the 90’s - which mapped the human genome and changed medicine forever – greatly influenced the development of additional scientific approaches to health care.

For acute illness the conventional approach of medications and/or surgery may be your best plan. However, for chronic/degenerative or autoimmune illness, there is a whole world of more effective approaches to help your body heal. Martha Grout, MD, of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, describes this thoroughly. Learn more here...

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RN Patient Advocates, PLC

3400 West Goret Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-743-7008

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